Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to abandon a speech Wednesday that was interrupted by chaos from an attack against a protest organizer and shouting from lawmakers, the Associated Press reported.
About five assailants attacked Hong Kong protest leader Jimmy Sham with hammers while he was on his way to a meeting, according to AP citing a Facebook post by Sham’s Civil Human Rights Front. Some suggested the attack was linked “to a spreading [of] political terror in order to threaten and inhibit the legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights.”
Additionally, pro-democracy lawmakers at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong heckled Lam twice before and during her delivery, calling her “the mother of the mafia police” and calling for her to step down, ultimately forcing her to abandon her remarks and walk out of the building, AP reported.
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The lawmakers also held up doctored photos of Lam with blood on her hands and chanted, “Five demands, not one less,” in reference to Hong Kong protesters’ five demands, Reuters reported.
The region’s summer of peaceful and violent protests was sparked by one of those five demands: a since-withdrawn extradition bill that would have sent Hong Kong residents convicted of crimes to mainland China for trial.
The other four include Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation, an inquiry into police brutality, the release of those who have been arrested and more democratic freedoms, according to CNN. (RELATED: Hong Kong Police Unload Live Rounds On Protesters, Shoot 18-Year-Old: Report)
“These are the voices of people screaming and they are just ordinary Hong Kong people,” lawmaker Tanya Chan said, AP reported. “Please, please, please Mrs. Carrie Lam, don’t let us suffer any more.”
Lam resorted to delivering her speech via video over an hour later in which she describes the situation in Hong Kong as a “major crisis,” calling on the region’s population of 7.5 million citizens to “cherish the city,” and warning that “continued violence and spread of hatred will erode the core values of Hong Kong,” as AP reported.
“Hong Kong is still a very free society,” she said in the video, according to AP.
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